Taco Salad – Dorito Casserole

This is my mom’s famous Taco Salad recipe. It isn’t anything like people think of a Taco Salad, so I call Dorito Casserole. Sorry, my picture has opened and chip-clipped Doritos – Someone already broke into the bag.

Potlucks and Parties

It is a favorite at parties and potlucks, and we always come home with an empty pan. If we bring it to a get-together, we put the lettuce and tomato on top. At home, we leave it on the side and add it to our plate. That makes it better for heated up leftovers.

Variations to Dorito Casserole Recipe

My mom adds olives to the lettuce and tomato and it is delicious. We also serve with guacamole and sour cream on the side.

8 servings in a 13×9 baking pan


  • 1 standard size bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos – apx 10 ozs. (Party Size Pictured, but only used about half)
  • 1 can Rotel Tomatoes – Mild (Can use “spicy if desired”)
  • 1 can Whole Kernel Corn (No Salt)
  • 1 can Pinto Beans (No Salt)
  • 1 can Ranch Style Beans
  • 1 cup Mexican 4 Cheese grated
  • 1 bag shredded Iceberg Lettuce
  • 1 Tomato cubed
  • 1 pack of Taco Seasoning
  • 1 pound Lean Ground Meat
  • 1 can of Olives
  • 1 container of Guacamole
  • 1 tub of Sour Cream

*I use a light coating of Olive Oil on all my pots and pans to prevent sticking*

Not Really a Taco Salad

Alright, here we go. First I drain the Pinto Beans and the Whole Corn. Pour those two items in 2 qt pot. Then I add the can of Rotel and the can of Ranch Style Beans (don’t drain those). Cover and cook on Medium Heat.

After you get that going, use a 3 qt pot to brown your ground meat. I stir in my Taco Seasoning when it is about halfway done. By the time this is finished, your bean mixture should be bubbling. Mix it and the seasoned meat together.

Leave that on low heat while you prepare the pan. Grab the Doritos and crush them up. It is neater if you crush them before opening the bag. Take care not to “pop” the bag..that is a big mess! I start squeezing softly and slowly from the bottom. After crushing, pour on the bottom of the pan.

Next, pour over your bean/corn/meat mixture evenly spreading it on top of the Doritos. Then, sprinkle your  Mexican cheese on the top of everything.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.


Finishing Touches

If we are bringing somewhere, or we know there will be no left overs, we top with shredded lettuce and tomatoes. You can mix in olives if you know everyone likes them or serve on the side with guacamole and sour cream.

Let me know what you think in the comments! Thanks !



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